Friday, March 30, 2012

The Berkshire Satchel: a free pattern for you

 

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When I was a girl in the 1970’s, my friends’ older sisters wore incredible jeans that were somehow lean down to their calves, but then parachuted out into huge flares until you couldn’t even tell they were wearing enormous wooden-soled platform shoes, and they had loooong straight hair and big hoop earrings, and they wore long hippie vests made of granny squares.  They had huge glow-in-the-dark posters of Peter Frampton on their walls.  Their hair was so long they could sit on it.  They were probably only sixteen or so, but I thought they were so glamorous, so beautiful.  I stood in the corner of the yard, eating a homemade popsicle and wearing a t-shirt that said, “Kiss Me” and watched them go off on their boyfriends’ motorcycles, hair flying.

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I still think granny squares are so wonderful.  I was a little bit thrilled when the Attic Dormitory Blanket was big enough and I could save a few of the grannies I’d already made for another project.  I had 40 squares leftover, and when I started thinking about this bag, which needs 44 squares, I thought that was a pretty satisfying way to use them up.  Carrying this bag around makes me think of those older sisters, and how I later wished I’d been old enough for Woodstock and how Janis Joplin’s custom-painted Porsche is still on my list of things to DIY.

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I’m so pleased that you visit my blog, and that you take the time to leave me a comment now and then, so I’ve made a pattern for this bag, which you can download free here.  I hope you like it!  Now I have “Born to Be Wild” stuck in my head…

33 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your description of the 1970's. It certainly took me back in time. I've been crocheting granny squares and wonder if I'll ever have enough for a blanket. Maybe I'll make this lovely bag instead. Thanks for the pattern.

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  2. Thanks Kristen, I will make this while I am doing the other two granny stripe blankets for my nieces (I need a bit of a change!)

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  3. Thanks a lot, Kristin. I'll NEVER finish my projects if you keep posting such beautiful ideas!

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  4. The 70s make me think of floppy leather hats, apple core necklaces and embroidery. We embroidered everything, especially denim. My mom would slit the sides of my dad's jeans and add a triangular piece (embroidered of course) to widen them at the calf. I never quite made the transition to the preppy look :) Now I'm off to download your cool pattern -- thanks so much!

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  5. oh kristen, i have loved catching up here, all your vintage finds, and that machine! makes me cry, my own 30+ year old singer finally died and it seemed it couldn't be repaired so it was given away. i am still sad (bought a new plastic model, :(

    your bag is adorable! i haven't made granny squares for many years, but i think i can do it still. thank you so much for the pattern. and the girls you described, that was me. hee hee.

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  6. Thank you very much for the pattern! I love this bag. I am very much into granny squares lately and this is definitly going on my to do list :-)

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  7. Gorgeous bag! And I LOVE your blanket - makes me want to snuggle!

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  8. Loved this post, and thanks for the free pattern! I've been looking for a pattern for a bag to use to carry around my crochet projects, and this might just be the one!

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    1. Hi Erin, thanks very much! I stopped by your blog--loooooove your big blanket so far!--and wordpress won't let me comment, so I hope you'll see this. Gorgeous colors! :)

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    2. Hi Kristen, I just wanna let you know, that it could perhaps help you to be able to comment in Wordpress, if you would "reply as: Name/URL"...
      That is what I always do, when leaving comments on blogspot blogs, because blogger won't let me comment anyway else...
      I find that quite annoying, so I thought to leave this message...
      Perhaps that helps?

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  9. What a great story, and thanks for sharing the pattern. Your bag looks great!

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  10. OH my memories of my senior year of high school!!!
    Great memories of wide legged bells and platform sandals!!! And the granny vests my Mom made... I did not crochet then - and Mom is gone now but OH HOW I LOVE TO CROCHET NOW!!!!
    Just finished my first ever granny afghan and have lots of yarn left over... Would love to make another granny something and is just the right size... have wanted to make a reusable market bag and this is going to be perfection!!!! I think I'll use an old vinyl table cloth to line if with!!!!
    Thanx for the memories, the lovely pattern and wonderful tutorial!!!

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  11. I simply love the bag and the story and the pattern and this colorful style that is connected with freedom and beauty and wonderful dreams.
    One more pattern for my to do list...
    Maybe in the easter vacation? :)
    Thank you very much!
    Big hug!

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  12. Love, love,love the bag. Perfect way to use those amazing squares. Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  13. I love your intro to this pattern. It brings that era all back again. Thank you for the pattern and the trip down memory lane.

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  14. I love your blog and this bag is really the best for me. I'll try to make one with your pattern, thanks a lot.
    Lila

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  15. The bag is wonderful! Love it. Thanks for the pattern. x

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  16. Back in the 70's, I would have worn this with a long skirt, halter top, and sandals. Now, jeans will have to do it, since I would not be caught dead in a halter. That bag will go with everything! Good job on the PDF by the way, thanks for sharing!

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  17. Oh Kristen your post made me laugh!!! I was born in 64 and actually owned one of those granny square vests (lovingly made by my gran) and a granny square bag not unlike this one that you've made. The picture really took me back! I'll definitely be making one so thanks so much for the pattern. Hope your weekend was good.... lol x

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  18. Thanks for sharing with the pattern! The bag is really very nice! J.

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  19. Love it!


    thanks for the pattern! =)

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  20. I totally love you re blog !!! cozy made thing but beautiful as well !!! I am going to be you're new follower

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  21. Beautiful bag, thanks so much for sharing your pattern! :)

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  22. I love your bag, thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  23. Hi Kristen, Wow! I mean Wow! This is a definite I MUST DO PROJECT! Well, I live in Berkshire UK :0) and I was a biker girl in the '60's ..... but my hair was more like yours ..... Thank you for a great to read blog and the generosity you have to share your pattern. You are part of my blogroll and I come along and skip through your older postings often.
    Have a lovely day!
    Val xx Berkshire UK

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  24. This is a lovely bag, thank you for the pattern. Loving the blog too!

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  25. I love this bag, and another. I whish my english is so poor and I can't tell how much light and inspiration you bring to my crochet life. All best, love, peace, mercedes benz and all that stuff.

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  26. Another wonderful posting, along with that kindly shared pattern of that gorgeous bag...
    What else can I say, then again:
    I fell in love with you a bit, Kristen!!!
    :]

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  27. Thanks for the lovely pattern. I have almost finished my bag and did a blog post tonight. I remember the Seventies so well as I was born in 1960. I had the long, long straight hair and centre parting. Great writing on your blog.

    Best Wishes

    Zoe in England.

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    1. Yours is gorgeous! I love it in pinks, and the bobbly top edge is so fab! :)

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  28. Really enjoyed reading this blog. You have inspired me with a desire to keep on crocheting. I am a beginner of one month. Thanks for sharing. Linda (Australia)

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  29. I love it!thank you so much!

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